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Question: What is the Digital Education Center?
Answer:  The Digital Education Center is a virtual (online) K-12 school which use cloud based content delivery/learning management systems known as:  Canvas, Edgenuity and Pathblazer.
 
Question:  How long does it take to complete registration with the Digital Education Center?
Answer: Usually about 30 minutes.  The first step is to complete an enrollment form found at https://tinyurl.com/DEC-k12enrollment.  The next step is to complete Tooele County School District's online registration, links can be found on the district's website at https://www.tooeleschools.org.  Once enrollment and registration have occurred we'll reach out with student logins and provide parent access to monitor student coursework.  For secondary students we look at transcripts, work up a graduation plan, finalize required courses needed for graduation and then set an action plan for continued student growth.  We take the time necessary to answer questions while trying to keep the intake process as short as possible.
 
Question: Once we enroll and register online to take courses via the Digital Education Center and submit a course request, how long does it take to get an email back from the course instructor welcoming my child to the requested course?
Answer:  The process should take no more than three days.
 
Question:  If I withdraw my student from their junior high or high school and transfer them to the Digital Education Center, can I transfer them back to their school and will their class schedules be saved?
Answer:  If you withdraw/unenroll your student from their school, your student's class schedule will be deleted and not saved.  You may transfer your student back to their previous school but will need to work with counselors to create a new class schedule.
 
Question:  What makes the Digital Education Center any different than other competitors delivering online learning?
Answer:  Our staff use a variety of teaching and learning tools with best of class learning management systems to provide optimal instruction for your child.  Our goal is to provide students the ability to learn anytime, anywhere.
 
Question:  Is the Digital Education Center a good option for my student?
Answer:  It depends.  Online learning while great for many students; it may not be the best fit for some students. It requires 5-6 hours of being in front of a computer each day.  Learning online and making adequate academic progress requires a high degree of self-motivation and persistence.
 
Question:  What do I need to have at home to participate in online learning?
Answer:  A computer with speakers or headphones and a connection to the Internet.  Tooele County School District announced they will be providing a Chromebook for each K-12th grade student.  Digital Education Center students, residing in Tooele County are eligible to be assigned a Chromebook during the time they are enrolled with us.
 
Question:  Is there a cost for my child to participate in the Digital Education Center?
Answer: No, participating in the Digital Education Center doesn't cost anything.
 
Question:  What if we don't have a computer and want to participate in the Digital Education Center?
Answer:  A Windows or Mac computer work excellent with our learning programs.  A much less expensive option is a Chromebook, which works with Canvas, Edgenuity and Pathblazer.  Chromebooks start around $125 and are available from a variety of stores.  *Digital Education Center students, residing in Tooele County are eligible to be assigned a Chromebook (during the time they are actively enrolled with us).  
                            
Question: Does Tooele School District provide any other type of non-traditional e-learning?
Answer: Yes, we do.  Here are a few examples of what we provide.
  • The Digital Education Center has partnered with My Tech High to offer K-12 curriculum and online learning for students throughout Utah.
  • Digital Education Center students may also participate in the Snow College accelerated associates degree program.  This online program allows high school aged students to work on their associates degree while meeting requirements towards their high school diploma.
  • Digital Education Center students may also take courses from Tooele Technical College, earning credit towards their high school diploma.
 
Question: What is A-La-Carte and what grade levels can participate in it?
Answer: A-La-Carte is program name or opportunity for 7th-12th grade students to take Edgenuity courses while attending face-to-face instruction at their jr. high or high school.  7th-12th grade students have been given permission to take (2) courses above and beyond their regular class schedule through the Edgenuity learning management system.  Should students desire to take more than (2) A-La-Carte courses, approval by a school administrator must occur prior to the A-La-Carte course request being submitted. 
 
Question:  Is online leaning easier or harder than in-person learning?
Answer: It's simply different.  Some elements of online instruction are harder than face-to-face instruction while some things are easier.  The main difference between the two styles of learning centers on pacing.  Online learning allows for students to move at their own specific rate of learning, making it more individualized than what may be experienced in a cohort of students in a classroom.  Online learning also provides the option of "on-demand learning" allowing students and parents to take charge of when learning occurs.  This type of learning is beneficial for students who have difficulty getting up early to attend in-person classes or for those whose families travel frequently miss days of in-person instruction.
 
Question: If my child has dropped out of high school and hasn't turned 19, can they earn a diploma through the Digital Education Center?
Answer: If your child has dropped out of high school we would be happy to see what we can do to help them. Please give us a call or drop by, we would love to speak with you.
 
Question:  Can my child participate part-time in online learning?
Answer:  Yes, students may take a number of A-La-Carte courses available through Edgenuity.  7th-12th grade students may take (2) A-La-Carte courses each quarter (via Edgenuity) while attending face-to-face instruction.  With administrators approval, students may take more than (2) Edgenuity courses each quarter.
 
Question:  Can my child participate in online learning and the Dual Language Immersion program?
Answer:  No, not at this time.
 
Question:  Does the Digital Education Center offer preschool instruction?
Answer:  No, not at this time.
 
Question:  If my child wants to, can they participate full-time in the Digital Education Center?
Answer:  Yes, to be eligible for enrollment as a full-time student in the Digital Education Center, students must:
  • be Kindergarten through 12th grade
  • have access to the Internet and a working computer capable of running the Google Chrome web browser
  • be willing to spend 30 hours per week engaged in online coursework (5 days per week, 6 hours per day)
  • exhibit "academic integrity" which is the consistent display of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility while engaged in online coursework (which creates authentic learning).
  • refrain from "academic misconduct" which invalidates online learning by unethically obtaining information/data in order to alter coursework outcomes.  They type of misconduct applies to information/data obtained in order to complete assignments, quizzes and tests.  Misconduct also means: completion of coursework by someone other than the student, plagiarizing coursework,  using apps to directly answer quiz or test questions or cheating in an online course.  
 
 
 
 
 
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